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Donalds Ipswich win Volvo Regional Dealer of the Year for 2016

First awarded the accolade in 2014, Ipswich-based Donald’s Garage has again scooped a Volvo Regional Dealer of the Year award, acknowledging the dealership as one of the top performers in the UK.


Currently located on West End Road, Donald’s Regional Dealer of the Year 2016 accolade was determined using key performance indicators from a variety of measures including new car sales, used car sales, parts and accessories sales and customer satisfaction.


The award comes as Donald’s recently announced its plans to build a flagship Volvo outlet, in one of Ipswich’s most sought-after retail parks. Scheduled to open early 2018, the dealership at Futura Park, Nacton, will be the region’s first state-of-the-art dealership, designed to meet the specifications of Volvo’s ‘Retail Experience’ standard.


The Volvo Retail Experience concept is a showcase for the brand’s Scandinavian design philosophy and, like its cars, effortlessly combines a cool and stylish exterior with a warm and welcoming interior.


Daniel Le Cocq, Donald’s general manager, commented on the win: “This is a fantastic achievement for the entire team who work incredibly hard to deliver high levels of service to our customers. As an all-round measurement of the business, the award underlines how important all roles are within the dealership. Everyone here works together as a team to continually meet our customer’s requirements so we’re naturally delighted to be recognised for our efforts,”


Jon Wakefield, managing director, Volvo Car UK said: “It’s hugely rewarding for us to be able to acknowledge the stand-out performers within our dealer network throughout the year as part of the Dealer of the Year challenge. The winning dealerships have all demonstrated outstanding levels of service and commitment to their customers on behalf of Volvo, and I hope they take great pride in their awards.”

Donalds Volvo announces new dealership for Ipswich

2018 Futura Park plans revealed

East Anglia car dealer The Donalds Group has taken the first steps towards the opening of a flagship Volvo outlet, in one of Ipswich’s newest and most sought-after retail parks.  Scheduled to open late 2017 or early 2018, the dealership at Futura Park, Nacton, will be the region’s first designed and built to the brand’s state-of-the-art Volvo Retail Experience standard.


The development is at an early stage. Contracts have been exchanged and planning permission secured but construction has not yet started – architects are now applying the finishing touches to their designs.


Donalds CEO Daniel Stone says: “We’ve purchased a three-acre site, 1.5 acres of which is earmarked for our Volvo dealership. Our intentions for the other half are to be confirmed in due course.  Futura Park is a prestigious location, with high-profile outlets such as a combined John Lewis/Waitrose store and other premium car retailers already in residence. We’re confident, though, that the cutting edge facilities of our new Volvo dealership will create a real impact.”


The Volvo Retail Experience concept is a showcase for the brand’s Scandinavian design philosophy and, like its cars, effortlessly combines a cool and stylish exterior with a warm and welcoming interior.


The Showroom area will follow a typically Nordic open-plan theme but, crucially, 40% of the available floor space will be set aside to become the Living Room – a luxurious oasis with wood and leather furnishings where customers can meet sales consultants, wait while their car is serviced, or simply relax with a fresh cup of coffee.


Meanwhile the workshop, instead of being tucked away at the back of the site, out of view, will be clearly visible through large windows – emphasising the importance placed by Donalds on maintaining its customers’ cars to the highest possible standards.


Once completed, the new site will replace the Group’s current Ipswich Volvo dealership, at West End Road. The intention is that all staff will transfer to the new facility but, due to its increased size and capacity, it is likely that further recruitment will be needed.


“Although we’re only just getting started everyone at Donalds is hugely excited about this venture,” adds Mr Stone. “The Volvo Retail Experience, backed by the dedication to customer service of our hard-working staff, is going to bring a whole new car-buying experience to the Ipswich area.”


Volvo Cars reveals new XC60 premium SUV

Volvo Cars, the premium car maker, today revealed the long-awaited new XC60 premium SUV at the Geneva Motor Show.
The new car replaces Volvo’s highly successful original XC60, which in the nine years since its launch became the best-selling premium mid-sized SUV in Europe, with nearly a million units sold globally. The XC60 today represents around 30 per cent of Volvo’s total global sales.
“We have a strong heritage in designing stylish and dynamic SUVs that offer the latest in technology. The new XC60 will be no exception. It’s the perfect car for an active lifestyle, and it represents the next step in our transformation plan,” said Håkan Samuelsson, President and Chief Executive, Volvo Car Group.  
New comfort and safety technology
The new XC60, one of the safest cars ever made, is fully loaded with new technology. Steer Assist has been added to the ground-breaking City Safety system. A new safety system called Oncoming Lane Mitigation uses Steer Assist to help mitigate head-on collisions, while Volvo’s Blind Spot Indication System (BLIS) now uses Steer Assist functionality to reduce the risk of lane-changing collisions.
“We have focused on building a car that can deliver pleasure to all of your senses – from a commanding view of the road ahead in a beautifully appointed and calm cabin, to a safe, inspired and confident ride,” said Henrik Green, Senior Vice President Product & Quality at Volvo Car Group. “We’ve paid particular attention to making life easier for our customers by providing them with the creature comforts and services that take the hassle out of everyday life.”
Pilot Assist, Volvo’s advanced semi-autonomous driver-assistance system, which takes care of steering, acceleration and braking on well-marked roads up to 130 km/h, is available in the new XC60 as an option.
The new XC60 offers Volvo’s award-winning T8 Twin Engine petrol plug-in hybrid at the top of the powertrain range, delivering 407 hp and acceleration from 0-100 km/h in just 5.3 seconds.
“We have a wide range of powertrains. The new XC60 will be launched with the diesel D4 engine at 190 hp and the D5 with PowerPulse technology delivering 235 hp. We also have the petrol-powered T5 delivering 254 hp and the T6 which, with both turbo and superchargers attached, delivers 320 hp and 400 Nm of torque,” added Henrik Green.
But it is not just under the bonnet that the new XC60 delivers healthy performance. The new CleanZone four-zone climate control system removes harmful pollutants and particles from outside the cabin to deliver Scandinavian-fresh air on the inside.
Volvo Cars’ driver infotainment and connected services offer, Sensus, and the Volvo On Call app both receive a graphical update with improved usability. As in the 90 series cars, smartphone integration with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto is also available.
Sculpted feel
“The XC60 is an SUV not designed to look down on others but to drive. The exterior has an athletic sculpture with a subtle, timeless quality. The interior is a masterful composition of well-resolved architecture, beautiful materials and the very latest technology – all perfectly blended together. The XC60 provides a true Scandinavian experience, which will make our customers feel special,” said Thomas Ingenlath, Senior Vice President, Design at Volvo Car Group.
Volvo Cars’ new XC60 is set to go into production in mid-April at the Torslanda Plant in Sweden.
Note to editors:
There are no plans to offer the T6 powertrain in the UK.

Human Made Stories

Volvo Car UK has today announced Human Made Stories, a series of short films in partnership with Sky Atlantic, to mark its new 90 series range of cars.
In parallel with Volvo's values of innovation, sustainability, craftsmanship and design, Human Made Stories conveys the Volvo philosophy to always put people first by telling the stories of three defiant pioneers: people who inherently do things differently, challenge conventions and create their own path.

V90 and S90 launched at Donalds Ipswich

Stars inspire customers at 90-series launch evening

To mark the launch of Volvo’s new S90 and V90 models, Ipswich-based dealership, Donalds Volvo, hosted an inspirational ‘Ninety Mins’ free presentation evening on Thursday 27th October, with special guest speakers for its customers and the general public.


Lasting for 90 minutes at Donald’s West End Road dealership, the evening played host to presentations from Olympic gold medallist Hannah Mills and former Ipswich Town stars, Simon Milton and Alan Lee


Graham Walker, an expert in leadership and personal development, hosted the first session of the evening. Then, kicking-off with a talk about their experiences as professional footballers and an insight into management side of the game, both Simon Milton and Alan Lee talked about the life of a club player as well as ‘how to choose a winning team’.


Going for gold at the Olympic Games requires determination and dedication toward a discipline. British Sailor, Hannah Mills, shared her experience with the audience on what it takes to become an Olympian and how she achieved gold for Team GB at Rio, along with Saskia Clark, in the Women’s 470 class sailing event.


Benjamin Grant, Donalds’ Group Marketing Manager, commented: “Volvo has been the vehicle partner of the British Sailing Team since 2009, so it’s a pleasure when we’re able to spend time with our customers and some of the greatest sailing talent in the UK – especially when they are Olympic gold medallists! Having Hannah at the dealership alongside Alan, Simon and Graham is a great way of demonstrating our dedication as a business to the local community.”


The stylish and versatile Volvo V90 and the S90 premium saloon are the latest models to be added to the premium car maker’s top-of-the-line 90 series, sitting alongside the award-winning XC90 SUV. Built on Volvo’s all-new in-house designed chassis, the S90 and V90 models benefit from Volvo’s ground-breaking Drive-E engines. Like the popular XC90 before them, they also feature the new face of Volvo, including ‘Thor’s hammer’ T-shaped LED headlights that make them instantly recognisable to other motorists.